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Friday, August 2, 2013

High Yellow (1965)

  • Cynthia Hull
  • Warren Hammack
  • Kay Taylor
Cindy (Cynthia Hull), a light-skinned black teen, gets a job as a maid for the dysfunctional family of an oblivious Hollywood producer.  She keeps a diary and befriends the wild, jive-talking teen daughter, Judy (Kay Taylor) whose brother was kicked out of the military for being a "queer boy".  The Major (Bill Thurman) is a crazy, sadistic, alcoholic war-vet gardener, and Joseph (William McGhee) is a friendly servant.  The depressed mother (Anne McAdams, from Common-Law Wife) stays in bed.  This Dallas production shows how good Buchanan was before those AIP-TV movies.  The characters are interesting and/or sympathetic, the acting is good, and the plot (including a murder) works on several levels.  The instrumental theme is great, and I love the scenes at the Disco A-Go-Go, where Jody Daniels sings and the Rowdies do "Pushover".  It's hard to find (thanks to the director) but recommended.


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